Spotlight On… Making Dance for Everyone
What To Expect?
Learn from leaders in inclusive dance about how you can adapt dance and make it accessible for every body. Stopgap are experts of inclusive choreography and have extensive experience of nurturing disabled and non-disabled artists for making inclusive works. They tour all over the world and their work Artificial Things is part of the GCSE Dance curriculum. Indepen-dance is an award winning inclusive dance company for disabled and non-disabled people to enjoy, express, and fulfil their potential through dance.
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Since joining Stopgap in 2001, Laura has been integral to the growth and direction of the company and is a fierce advocate for the dance and disability sector, speaking at events such as Move it! and the Dance UK : The Future conference. Laura started her training at Linda Butler School of Dance. Having sustained a spinal injury in 1998, Laura went on to become the first wheelchair user to complete 100% of the A-Level dance syllabus. Since then she has worked with numerous choreographers including Yoshifumi Inao (Batsheva Dance Company) Caroline Bowditch, Kevin Finnan (Motionhouse) Thomas Noone (Thomas Noone Dance) Rob Tanion (Stan Won’t Dance/DV8), Gary Clarke (Pit Fleur/ Fetherstoneshaughs), Bettina Strickler (Protein) Nathalie Pernette (Compagnie Pernette), Filip Van Huffel (Retina) and Adam Benjamin, touring their work nationally and internationally.
Laura has collaborated with Stopgap on Triple Bill, Double Booked, Portfolio Collection, Tracking, Trespass, SPUN Productions, Artificial Things and The Seafarers. Laura’s own creation credits include A:Version for Resolution! (2009) and directing and editing the dance film Re:Bound.(2004).
Laura’s extensive teaching experience ranges across all ages and abilities throughout the UK as well as many projects across Europe, including for Mixed Ability Dance EU in Romania and Albania, 2010, and in Berlin for People Moving 2006 and Tanzfabric, 2012. Laura worked as a Dance Captain for the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, assisting with the choreography of all dance sections, teaching the 3500 volunteers and performing in the ceremony itself.
Karen founded Indepen-dance in 1996 on the principle of access, participation and integration. As Artistic Director she provides a practical and creative framework for the organisation. Karen believes these art forms offer strong benefits to disabled people, providing an opportunity for social integration and encouraging individuals to achieve their full artistic potential.